The New Americans LIVE
Thursday, May 28, 2009
New York, NY —
The American Music Festival wrapped up with an array of world premiere performances, commissioned especially by WNYC as part of a station-wide New Americans project. From Cuba to Italy and from Argentina to Tibet, music from around the world filled the air and airwaves for a live studio audience in the Greene Space. Get in on the action and watch the whole uninterrupted evening of world premieres, WNYC commissions and interviews.
Cuban-born drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and his ensemble Si O Si share the world premiere performance of his haunting "Sueno de Amor" with singer Vennisa Santi.
Paola Prestini claims Italy and Mexico as her heritage but she now considers herself a New Yorker. Listen for the world premiere performance of "Spell" for clarinet, cello, vibes and laptop.
Tibetan-born singer Yungchen Lhamo gets the audience involved by asking them to lay down a vocal drone over which she improvises a melody for peace and understanding.
Evening Music host David Garland and Overnight Music host Haleh Abghari get in on the performance as vocalists in a special live version of Ezequiel Vinao’s WNYC commission, “Three Versions of a Dream” (After a reading of Borges). Hear the actual commission for David and Overnight Music host Helga Davis here.